Texas Health Action supports programs and sexual health clinics with an emphasis on HIV prevention.
Our vision is to eliminate sexual disease and infection in Texas, and build an empowered community that fosters healthy sexual behaviors and practices.
We believe that all people, regardless of race, creed, gender or sexual orientation, have a right to the knowledge and healthcare needed to ensure their sexual wellness without judgment or stigma.
Christopher Hamilton was named CEO of the Texas Health Action in March 2018. Over the course of his 18-year career...
,Hamilton has always leaned into his passion for improving healthcare access and initiatives for the betterment of Central Texas residents.This journey has led Hamilton to serve in leadership roles where he has had the opportunity to create and launch successful healthcare, education and advocacy programs for a number of organizations.
Prior to Texas Health Action, Hamilton held numerous leadership positions over nine years within the Seton Healthcare Family system. Most recently, he served as the director of Oncology Service Line where he spearheaded the development of an oncology service line in partnership with the newly established LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. Among his many roles at Seton, he was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with many leading doctors to develop life-changing, innovative and comprehensive programs for pediatric, adolescent and young adult survivors, and adult cancer survivors.
His strategic guidance has helped improve operational efficiencies and processes across the Seton Healthcare Family system in areas such as patient navigation, clinical trial accrual, and analytic capabilities. In his previous role as a health planner, he oversaw HIV services for 43 counties in Central Texas. Outside of his day-to-day responsibilities, Hamilton has given his time and counsel to several boards including the City of Austin Boards and Commissions HIV Planning Council, and the Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse.
Hamilton’s passion for improving access to quality health care in not-for-profit, mission-driven organizations ignited during his time at Texas A&M University. Upon graduation from Texas A&M University, Hamilton held operations and communications representative roles with the College of Medicine, which enabled him to better understand the challenges facing the health sector and how to focus on advancements.
Enjoying all that Austin has to offer, Hamilton and his partner Casey have two Italian greyhound dogs and can often be found around the city listening to live music and enjoying new restaurants.
Christopher AdamsBoard Treasurer
A native of Houston, Christopher Adams moved to Austin in 1998 to attend the University of Texas at Austin and simply never left.
Like many Austinites, Chris loves eating tacos, relaxing at Barton Springs, riding his bike, complaining about the traffic, and bemoaning the gentrification of the east side. Chris grew up in a community with a tireless devotion to volunteerism and he does his best to continue to embody that spirit as an adult. He has invested time volunteering and serving in leadership roles with various human services and recreational sports organizations and has loved every second of it.
Chris currently serves as the CFO/CIO of Any Baby Can Child and Family Resource Center and never passes up an opportunity to explain to a reluctant student (of any age) why math is important. Prior to Any Baby Can, Chris spent 14 years working (and bleeding burnt orange) at the big university downtown overseeing financial affairs, grant administration, business operations, and information technology for various world-class, academic departments.
Mark Erwin moved to Austin from Tyler, TX in 1990 to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with a BBA
in Management Information Systems. Mark worked as a consultant and technical manager for 14 years before trying his hand at entrepreneurship for a few years in digital commerce. He has since committed himself to civil service and joined Travis County to manage information systems for the local court system. In this capacity, Mark works nationally to promote court technology and serves in a variety of capacities including the National Institute of Justice Court Advisory Panel in Washington D.C. and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association’s Systems and Technology committee. Mark has been recognized by the e.Republic Center of Digital Government with the Best of Texas in Analytics and Business Intelligence in 2015 and by the Texas Association of Counties for Best Practices in 2016. He also co-authored a Maturity Model for Technology in Indigent Defense that guides jurisdictions nationally.
Community is important and Mark believes in a world that gives back to itself through service. To that end, he has served on the board of directors for Equality Texas and AIDS Services of Austin. Mark has served as chair of the local Gay Pride Festival and enjoys planning fundraisers and parties through the Octopus Club, an all-volunteer organization raising over $2 million dollars for people living with HIV to date. Because of this work, Mark was included in the Austin American Statesman's Fortunate 500 and was recognized in the Austin Chronicle's “Best of Austin” for charity. Mark sits on the Austin Area HIV Planning Council, a federally mandated body which allocates $4 million of local Ryan White Part A funds.
Mark and his husband of 20 years, Stephen Rice, live in Austin’s Mueller Community neighborhood with their two Welsh Corgis, Bart and Tony.
Chad Denman, DDSBoard Secretary
Chadwick Denman from an early age has known he was on this planet to help others. He has devoted his life from an early age
volunteering to mold our youth with the Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scout Camps, YMCA, and Habitat for Humanity. Chad achieved numerous life achievements including Eagle Scout, Traveling as a professional Trumpet player for 1 year around the world, Expert level Trainer, Doctor in Dentistry and Life Coach for local Austinites. Chad currently manages, owns, and runs three multi-million dollar dental offices all with all the latest possible technology in the field, encompassing all specialties in
Chad currently manages, owns, and runs three multi-million dollar dental offices all with all the latest possible technology in the field, encompassing all specialties in house.
He is very active as the fundraising chair for Texas Health Action and accepted the opportunity of raising over $150,000 each year for five years.
Chad helped found the first non-profit gay fraternity, whose goal is to raise funds for many different other non-profits each month.
Chad is someone that has dedicated his adult life to helping raise funds for people who are medically suffering or terminally ill with cancer or AIDS, and will continue but now turns his attention to education and prevention of HIV and STDs
Dr. Cynthia C. Brinson
Dr. Cynthia C. Brinson earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and obtained her medical doctorate
at Texas Tech University, Health Science Center in Lubbock, Texas. She completed her Family Practice residency at Brackenridge Hospital in 1993, serving as the Chief Resident her final year. In addition to being a private physician at Red River Family Practice, Dr. Brinson has been the Medical Director of Central Texas Clinical Research, LLC for more than 15 years. She has overseen more than one hundred HIV/AIDS related clinical trials and research studies, as well as another fifty studies within a variety of other health concerns. Dr. Brinson has been both a tireless attendee and featured presenter in the world’s most highly regarded conferences on HIV/AIDS, and has been published in numerous esteemed scientific journals.
In 2013, Dr. Brinson was awarded the Byron E. Cox Spirit of Caring Award for her “courageous and faithful commitment to no one facing serious illness alone" and has been named one of the “Best Doctors” in Austin six times. She is the Travis County Correctional Facility’s HIV and Chronic Care Physician and an Adjunct Clinical Affiliate at the University of Texas School of Nursing. Astoundingly, she still finds time in her life to donate her unparalleled HIV/AIDS expertise to our clients here at APAP and is the generous provider of the clinical space we need to see our patients.
Douglas Plummer has a BA in Economics from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard University. He worked as
a management consultant for 10 years, providing strategy and operations consulting services with Renaissance Solutions and later at Ernst and Young's Strategic Advisory Services Group. He was originally hired as a consultant to help streamline the closing process for Dallas offices of Ishmael Fox and Rasansky (IFR) and co-designed with Celeratec LLC. the OMEGA system, a proprietary software system that tracks and manages the closing process. Douglas was one of the founders with IFR in 2006 of the Midtown Office and remains its Managing Director.
Douglas is an active member in his community, serving on the Executive Committees for the North University Neighborhood Association, Equality Texas, and as VP of Philanthropy for the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Austin.
Melanie McLeroy is passionate about finding high leverage solutions to social issues, which is what drew her to THA.
Originally from Keller, TX, Melanie has been in Austin since 1987. She has degrees in History/Classical Civilization from UT and a Masters in Environmental Ethics from UNT.
Melanie is co-owner of Taurus Academy, an animal care facility focused on improving the physical and behavioral health of mostly dogs. Her 20 year dog training career ended in 2015, when she left the technical side of Taurus to consult, network, and focus on Board service. Melanie has served on several City of Austin Advisory Committees and served on the Board and as Chair of Emancipet from 2006-2016. When not saving the world, Melanie can be found reading, exercising, gardening, scuba diving, or traveling.
Rick Cofer is an Austin criminal defense attorney with extensive legal, political, and non-profit experience.
Rick Cofer is an Austin criminal defense attorney with extensive legal, political, and non-profit experience. He has served as a Travis County Assistant District Attorney and Assistant County Attorney — prosecuting crimes ranging from DWI, assault, and drugs to robbery, sexual assault, and murder.
Outside of his legal work, Rick has worked closely with the Austin community in several capacities. He is the Vice Chair of the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Board and is a current board member and former board chair of the Pease Park Conservancy and the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO).
He previously served as longtime commissioner and chair of the City of Austin Zero Waste Commission. As a commissioner, he led the effort to ban plastic bags in Austin and develop the Austin Universal Recycling Ordinance.
Rick also has extensive political experience, having managed and consulted for numerous political campaigns. He has been Parliamentarian of the Texas Democratic Party since 2012, previously served on the Democratic National Committee and worked for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.
Michelle Auwae-Lapilio's dynamic 18-year public service record is balanced by her military and civil service, and her longtime devotion to community service.
An Air Force Veteran who earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Michelle serves as the Travis County Probate Court Business Analyst. Michelle works to modernize and improve systems and processes by way of analyzing and understanding nature, culture and behavior.
Michelle has sought out spaces where she can balance her professional skills with her passion for community in a meaningful and impactful way. A faithful advocate of social equality and justice, she works to bring focus and change to structural inequalities. Michelle proudly serves on the board of directors for the non-profit organization Austin Pride. She strives to aid the diverse and flourishing LGBTQIA+ community through greater visibility and access.
Michelle is excited for the opportunity to help the mission of the impressive, fast-moving train that is the Texas Health Action, and she looks forward to putting her unique lens and skills in policy, planning, and strategy to work. She believes that access and freedom in healthcare is of critical importance, and that innovation and perseverance are the keys to realizing that goal.
In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, friends and dogs. She loves listening to music, driving, reading, exercising, flying, skydiving and traveling... especially to the beach.